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session 6 11/7/18

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Copel

Dear Parents,

In Judaica class, we:

  • Shared qualities of a strong leader as our warm up (trustworthy, loyal, confident, smart, responsible, brave) and how we can practice these leadership qualities in our every day lives.
  • We took a closer look at the Hanukkah story and the strengths of Judah Maccabee as a leader
  • Further explored the conflict the Jews of Israel experienced between religious and secular commitments and discussed how this continues to this day
  • We looked back at daily life for Jews in the Seleucid kingdom in 175 BCE when Antiochus Epiphanes was king, and Jerusalem became more like a Greek-style city.
  • We learned that some of the high priests at that time chose to take part in neighboring athletic competitions instead of fulfilling their duties. Their choice to pursue Greek cultural activities caused traditional Jews to resist Hellenism.

To connect this back to us we took a look at this example: In 1965 the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the World Series and wanted Sandy Koufax (their ace pitcher) to start Game 1. The conflict was that the game fell on Yom Kippur and Koufax chose to spend the day praying in Temple, but was criticized by a sports writer for his decision.

We had a lock down drill prior to dinner. We concluded the evening in the Sanctuary with Cantor Fogelman.

Shavua Tov,



Kita Vav Hebrew Report November 7

We started learning Hebrish- writing English words using Hebrew letters. It’s a great way to understand the sounds of letters and vowels by reversing the decoding. Many of the students thought it was a fun challenge.

We will continue this each week.

To be read for their Hebrew in Harmony accounts, HOMEWORK was assigned:

Go to

Choose Samples

Choose Hebrew in Harmony

Choose Reform prayer book

Choose Sh’ma or Mi Chamocha


Choose the game icon at the bottom and try the games

Let me know what you chose.

Have parent write to me at




Choose Prayer Practice

Choose V’ahavta (level 2, number 5)

Click the arrow to hear the dictation for each line


As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Copel

Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779